Blame Canada

A new U.S. Army text says our border is no safer than Mexico’s


Blame Canada

Ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Canadian government has struggled to overcome American suspicions that Canada is a haven for terrorists. None of the 9/11 hijackers entered the U.S. from Canada, but that hasn’t prevented what Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls a “thickening” of the Canada-U.S. border. The U.S. government has imposed layer after layer of new security regulations, with the side effect of slowing legitimate trade and travel.

It has now been seven years since the attack, yet fears about the Canadian border don’t appear to be easing. An updated border-security doctrine being taught this fall at the elite Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., shows that our border is still regarded suspiciously. The new version of the institute’s core textbook—required reading for future colonels and generals—outlines serious worries about the Mexican border, then goes on to make this comparison: “The threat along the northern border, while far less publicized, is nevertheless cause for concern—perhaps equal concern, perhaps greater.”

Asked why the Canadian border is still causing the U.S. Army such anxiety, Bert Tussing, a national security professor at the institute who wrote the chapter, repeats a familiar argument. He says that Canada’s immigration and refugee rules make our country more vulnerable than the U.S. to exploitation by foreign terrorists. But his main source for this view is somewhat surprising: “The voices crying loudest on this,” he told Maclean’s, “were not from the U.S., but from Canada.”

In particular, Tussing cites reports on terrorist cells in Canada from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, a Canadian Senate committee, and a Royal Military College of Canada professor. Tussing says it wasn’t a matter of inculcating rising-star army officers with American biases about Canada when he wrote the chapter. He merely assumed that the Canadian experts know their stuff.


Blame Canada

  1. Canadians do a world class job of pointing the finger at Americans. It’s about time Americans returned the favor.

    Awesome! :-)

  2. Yayyyyyy! Put Up The Wall! Perhaps then the handguns will stop flowing into Canada.

    I don’t see why the terrorists need to do any work here, Wall and Bay St. are doing a fine job of decimating confidence, moral and trust. The terrorists can sit back and watch it all unfold. Saved themselves a few bucks too.

  3. “None of the 9/11 hijackers entered the U.S. from Canada…”

    You might also add that each of them was issued an entry visa by a US immigration official.

    But don’t tell Rep. Peter King (R-NY) that. He still says we’re a haven for mad bombers. But he only cares about Muslim mad bombers. He spent most of his life supporting the IRA. He doesn’t mind white Catholic mad bombers, just the brown Allah-loving kind.

    Oh yeah, he could be the next governor of New York. If that happens, we should do some border thickening ourselves.

  4. Though I blame Americans for many things, I don’t blame them for being worried about the Canadian Border. It seems that Canadians, niavely believe that there are no terroristss in Canada. Everyone, regardless of past connections to terrorist groups outside the country are apparently purified when they touch Canadian soil. It is clear that we are a safehouse, a government funded safe haven for them. And, unfortunately, because they immediately get charter rights when they arrive, we cannot just put them back on the plane and tell them to appeal at their own costs, not Canadian taxpayers, from elsewhere. In addition, it seems that, other than MacLeans, the media, print and broadcast, are intimidated by radicals who may attack them if they keep Canadians informed. Despite murders, riots in major cities around the world and threats, Canadians still have not seen those famous Dutch cartoons. The media is censoring, for fear of reprisal, Canadians Charter Rights to be fully informed and to be able form their own judgements on serious, contentious world events.

    It is not just the Americans who should be concerned about the potential threats North of the border.

  5. Dee – The Americans do not care what leaves their country in to ours – hand guns included – Their customs dept is like ours – only check whats incoming.

  6. Dee, American’s do care about some of the people who leave and remain in Canada: their murderers, con men, and deserters who find a safe haven here because we refuse to deport them. If they broke the law in the USA, then they should be tried in the USA and be punished according to the laws of their own country.

    Our political correctness has been carried to the point where it creates problems and leaves us
    vulnerable to many abuses. Moreover the timidity and left-wing bias of most of our media means, as
    Hugh Andrew has stated (see above) we are kept in the dark about internal and global events that we should be made aware of.

    The prime example of the idiocy that our political correctness has led us into has been the various
    Civil Rights Tribunals and Commissions that have been created. The recent case here in BC wherein
    Macleans and author Mark Steyn were unjustifiably accused of defaming Muslims is a good example. As another writer, David Warren said, “… the very freedoms we inherited as Canadians now fall, successively, before the State’s new “human rights” inquisitors, as we face an ignominious future.”
    David Warren in the Ottawa Citizen.
    Sunday edition June 29th 2008

  7. A sad by-product of 9-11 is the distancing of Canadians from Americans and vice-versa. Currently in Washington State I spoke to a woman in Port Angeles just this morningl who used to make regular trips to Victoria with her daughter. That has all stopped thanks to an abusive bully attitude by an immigration officer. Security is one thing but worrying if somone smuggles a $10 T-shirt home is ridiculous and shows the bureaucrats will use any excuse to become bullies. Sad. Ridiculous that a so-called ‘enlightened’ society pushes free trade for goods but treats everyone as criminals. No wonder we are coming apart at the seams economically–there is simply no common sense–on either side of the border.

  8. Yayyyyyy! Put Up The Wall! Perhaps then the handguns will stop flowing into Canada.

    No argument here. Seal the border tight as can be, for all I care.

  9. Well,at least the 2 countries have a border control….even it´s a bit “exaggerated”!

    Check out europe,in this case the EU and the Schengen agreement….

    We don´t have a border control beside at airports and the more the EU gets extended the more our borders become vulnerable and i really don´t wanna know what kind of people flock in from so called rogue states.
    That´s scary!!

  10. Perhaps if the yankees would quit meddling in other peoples affairs they would not need to feel so insecure. Supporting tin pot dictators that bow to the almighty yankee dollar does not make them popular with the general population in most places.

  11. I can understand why the people in power south of the border want to seal themselves in. I don’t necessarily condone that level of paranoia, but I get it. But why should Canada give in to this irrational mentality? Do C-SIS and our military want to inflate their budgets that much? Don’t they realize that the more freely goods travel across our border the more money we’ll make? Before you sound the terrorist alarm have a look at what our trade surplus with the U.S. (and other nations) looks like. We’re a very wealthy and comfortable nation (mostly) and we didn’t get that way by sealing ourselves in. We’re not the United States folks, no matter how much some people want that to change. Let’s be a little more reasonable than that, let’s act a bit more Canadian.

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